LITURGICAL WORSHIP IS not an end in itself. It is a portal into the heart, mind, and work of Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit to the glory of God.
I can promise that you will meet Christ in daily prayer, in festal celebrations around the year, in the experience and remembrance of baptism, and in celebration of the Eucharist.
When Jesus talks with his disciples about how to handle fractures in the church, he concludes with this promise: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matt. 18:20). I read that as both a promise and a yearning. The risen Christ yearns to be among us as a community of shared discipline and grace-filled worship. He promises to be present around font, book, and table. Your part is to include yourself in that community of open hands, hearts, and minds for the sake of Love.
– Daniel T. Benedict Jr.
Patterned by Grace: How Liturgy Shapes Us
From pages 19-20 of Patterned by Grace: How Liturgy Shapes Us by Daniel T. Benedict Jr. Copyright © 2007 by Daniel Benedict Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
In what ways do you participate in liturgical worship? Share your thoughts.
After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations.
Job 42:16, NRSV
This Week: pray for expectant parents. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Howard Thurman (October 22).
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